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Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Many longtime Ukiahans know the story of Johnny and Mina Kvasnicka. An ambitious, hard-working couple, the Kvasnickas built an enviably beautiful new house at the swanky address of Saratoga Court…

Seeds & Stems

Attorney E.D. Lerman got one guy off on two big felonies – cultivation in numbers beyond all medical reason and possession of marijuana for sale.…

Twisted Tales of Torture

As of Monday morning, Jack S. Towers was looking at 14 felony counts related to the beating of his girlfriend, loving her nearly to death, you might say. As of…

The Shootout On Chicken Ridge

Six black rappers in Covelo? On Chicken Ridge? It's kind of complicated. You've got Darvel Blackwell, Clifton Jacobs, and Marquis Walker on one side of the beef, with Troy 'T'…

Bruce McEwen on Green Door v. V’Canto

Moving west to Fort Bragg, when I first learned that the renowned sculptor Dan Hemann had been savaged by the brutal spaghetti vendor Jim “Muttface” Muto, I abandoned my duties…

Marie, Perry’s Garage & The Fairy Ranch

The Ukiah Valley Medical Center is being sued for malpractice. The plaintiff is a woman named Marie. We will spare Marie further agony by fully identifying her. UVMC, unkindly referred…

Murder One

Gerold Jerry Knight was beaten and his throat cut on the old railroad tracks in Ukiah. It was the warm, late afternoon of Friday the 13th of June, 2008 on…

‘And You Pour Him A Beer?’

I caught hell Monday from the tribal women in court every day for the murder trial of Alva Sonny Reeves and Brandon Pinola. The picture we ran with last week's…

Enough Rope

It seems that Terry Cohen, age 60, is more afraid of prison than death. He's hung himself three times now on prescription chemicals, and he's still hanging in intensive care…

Blood on the Tracks

The murder trials are piling up at the Mendocino County Courthouse almost as fast as the bodies are.…

Jury Hangs, Cohen Goes For Oblivion

When I first heard from a confidential source that Terry Cohen, who's accused of murdering 38-year-old Jason Piper, had overdosed, I was sworn to secrecy. But within the hour the…